headed. adams knew that. hamilton as much as anybody knew that. washington knew that. jefferson didn't know that. >> well, we have been -- we were head today a great evening and we've had one so thank you very much. [ applause ] >> each week american history tv sits in on a lecture with one of the country's college professors. you can wah the classes here every saturday at 8 p.m. and midnight eastern and sundaes at 11:00 a.m. eastern.
university of texas at arlington professor david narrett teaches a history course which examines early american history. the relationship between american freedom and slavery and the growth ofhe british empire in north america. in the following lecture professor narrett teaches about the seven years war or the french and indian war. this is abo 1:20. >>> well, welcome to our class on colonial history at the
university of texas at arlington. today our subject is the seven years war or the french and indian war. and as the two names tell us, this war has at least a dual meaning, really multi-facetted meaning because it was a conflict fought in various areas of the globe. it was a conflict that began in 1754 in north america and through that beginning of the war in north america france and britain came to be at war with each other. and formally in europe france and britain went to war against each other in 1756. by that time, as we'll see, their colonies in north america and their forces i north america were already joined in conflict so to understand the french and indian war as it's traditionally called in american u.s. history and also the seven years war, one has to put it in a very broad perspective of north american history and even european history of course and looking beyond europe to the competition between empires, especially france and britain in various corners of the globe. the war would be fought in north america where it began. it was joined in europe on a large scale and involved nations such as russia, austria, prussia as well as france and britain. and of course it was fought in the caribbean as well, which was a major theater of conflict during the war. toward the end of the war spain would join on the side of france complicating the matter still. well, today our focus will mainly be on the conflict in north america. and, of course, that was the land of native peoples and of many distinct indian peoples and their land, their present, their future. all of those were at steak, every bit if not more so than for the european empires contesting for power abroad and the french and columnists. so really to understand the war we look at the imperial perspective, the conflict between france and britain, for overseas mastery and mastery in north america. the involvement of colonials of britain and france in north america, and also native perspectives very importantly of the many indian peoples who are drawn into the conflict. now geography is important in understanding the conflict in north america and really you have four principle zones in north america that we're going focus on today. one is the area where the war began, the ohio country. we talked a little about this last time, how the war began in the ohio country in 1754 when the colony of virginia challenged the french building of forts in the ohio country. the war also involved acadia or